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Department of Homeland Security: Important Progress Made, but More Work Remains to Strengthen Management Functions
GAO-17-409T: Published: Feb 16, 2017. Publicly Released: Feb 16, 2017.
As GAO reported in its 2017 high-risk update, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts to strengthen and integrate its management functions have resulted in the department meeting three and partially meeting two of GAO's criteria for removal from the High-Risk List (see table). For example, senior DHS officials demonstrated exemplary leadership commitment by frequently meeting with GAO...
DHS Management: Enhanced Oversight Could Better Ensure Programs Receiving Fees and Other Collections Use Funds Efficiently
GAO-16-443: Published: Jul 21, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2016.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) received $15 billion in fees and other collections across 38 programs in fiscal year 2014 that help fund homeland security functions, such as the screening and inspection of persons and goods entering the United States. Our analysis of DHS collections and cost data showed that 14 of the 38 programs receiving fees and other collections in fiscal year 2014 c...
Homeland Security: FPS and GSA Should Strengthen Collaboration to Enhance Facility Security
GAO-16-135: Published: Dec 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2016.
The Federal Protective Service (FPS), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the General Services Administration (GSA) have taken some steps to improve collaboration, such as drafting a joint strategy. While each agency has some individual policies for collaboration, the two agencies have made limited progress in agreeing on several key practices as described below. Reaching agreeme...
Federal Facility Cybersecurity: DHS and GSA Should Address Cyber Risk to Building and Access Control Systems
GAO-15-6: Published: Dec 12, 2014. Publicly Released: Jan 12, 2015.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken preliminary steps to begin to understand the cyber risk to building and access controls systems in federal facilities. For example, in 2013, components of DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) conducted a joint assessment of the physical security and cybersecurity of a federal facility. However, significant work remains.Lack o...
Federal Facility Security: Additional Actions Needed to Help Agencies Comply with Risk Assessment Methodology Standards
GAO-14-86: Published: Mar 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 2014.
Three of the nine selected agencies' risk assessment methodologies that GAO reviewed—the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of State (State)—fully align with the Interagency Security Committee's (ISC) risk assessment standards, but six do not—the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Federal Protective Serv...
Federal Facilities: Selected Facilities' Emergency Plans Generally Reflect Federal Guidance
GAO-14-101: Published: Oct 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 25, 2013.
Federal agencies occupying facilities owned or leased by the General Services Administration (GSA) are responsible for preparing and maintaining occupant emergency plans (OEP), with assistance or guidance from the Federal Protective Service (FPS) and others, and the majority of selected federal facilities' OEPs GAO reviewed reflect federal guidance. As required by federal regulations, all 20 selec...
Facility Security: Greater Outreach by DHS on Standards and Management Practices Could Benefit Federal Agencies
GAO-13-222: Published: Jan 24, 2013. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 2013.
Agencies draw upon a variety of information sources in developing and updating their physical security programs. The most widely used source, according to survey responses from 32 agencies, is the institutional knowledge or subject matter expertise in physical security that agencies' security staff have developed through their professional experience. The second most used source are standards issu...
DHS Strategic Workforce Planning: Oversight of Departmentwide Efforts Should Be Strengthened
GAO-13-65: Published: Dec 3, 2012. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2012.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken some relatively recent steps to enhance strategic workforce planning across the department. These steps are generally consistent with leading principles, but the department has not yet implemented an effective oversight approach for monitoring and evaluating components' progress. Specifically, recent steps DHS has taken to develop and implement s...
Critical Infrastructure: DHS Needs to Refocus Its Efforts to Lead the Government Facilities Sector
GAO-12-852: Published: Aug 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 2012.
The Federal Protective Service (FPS) has not been effective as the lead agency for the government facilities sector, which includes facilities at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial level. Under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and the 2010 sector-specific plan, FPS is responsible for establishing a risk management approach and developing effective partnerships for...
Visa Waiver Program: Additional Actions Needed to Mitigate Risks and Strengthen Overstay Enforcement
GAO-12-599T: Published: Mar 27, 2012. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2012.
GAO has reported on actions that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken to improve the security of the Visa Waiver Program; but, additional risks remain. In May 2011, GAO reported that DHS implemented the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), required by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (9/11 Act), and took steps to minimize the burden a...